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Principal Investigator

Dr. C. (Casper) Rokx

Internist - Infectious Diseases Specialist

  • Department
  • Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
  • Focus area
  • HIV treatment, elimination and cure
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About

Introduction

Casper Rokx studied medicine at Erasmus MC Rotterdam and obtained his MD degree in 2008 after finishing his medical training in Zambia. He subsequently started his medical specialization with a PhD trajectory leading to the defense of his thesis entitled ‘HIV treatment and comorbidity’ in 2016 and registration as consultant physician in internal medicine.
 
Following a fellowship on HIV in London in 2018 with dr. A.Pozniak (International AIDS Society president), he has a permanent position as infectious diseases specialist and is one of the principal investigators of the clinical/translational HIV research line. He combines this with a postdoctoral research position in molecular virology at dr. T.Mahmoudi’s group.
 
He is currently involved as one of the initiators in the multidisciplinary Erasmus MC HIV Eradication Group (EHEG, 2012) and started the European HIV Cure Consortium (EHCC, 2019). He is member of the NL-4Cure consortium, European HIV Vaccine Alliance, scientific committee member of (inter)national scientific HIV associations (NVHB, EACS), scientific rapporteur for IAS, and is principle investigator in multiple multicenter studies on HIV.

Field(s) of expertise

His expertise in clinical HIV care fuels his research drive to end the HIV pandemic and find a cure for HIV. Essential to proceed this field is translational research and through his expertise, he can uniquely bridge the gap between promising pre-clinical findings and their clinical applicability to benefit people with HIV.

He studies the potency of new treatments and curative strategies in clinical trials and uses state-of-the-art techniques to elucidate HIV’s reluctance against cure in people with HIV during all disease phases and from all ethnical backgrounds. Ultimately, his research should result in a blueprint to individualize cure treatment approaches.

In line with the United Nations set goal to stop the HIV pandemic by 2030, he is involved in (inter)national clinical HIV innovation projects and leads studies to combine clinical care with technical scientific advances to identify, reach and be able to treat every person living with HIV. 

Publications

Publications of Casper Rokx can be found on PubMed

Teaching activities

Casper Rokx coordinates the Minor Internal Medicine at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. He supervises residents specializing in Internal Medicine or Medical Microbiology and is involved in teaching curricula on HIV/infectious diseases for residents, Msc and PhD students. 

He collaborates closely with patient associations to overcome the knowledge gap between HIV science and the public, and is involved in live and online educational programs for peer physicians to improve HIV care.
 

Scholarships, grants, and awards

He obtained the Martijn Verbrugge award from the Dutch HIV Treating Physician Association (NVHB) for best science in HIV in 2015 and multiple young investigator scholarships at international HIV/AIDS conferences.  In 2016, he was selected for the resident’s Talent Class of the Federation Medical Specialists in the Netherlands.